Depending on how you look at it, addictions can be good or bad.
For instance, smoking weed….
But, being addicted to volunteering at an animal shelter? Good!
Granted, there’s always a line that can be crossed when something goes from a healthy addiction to a not-so-healthy one. Even seemingly good things like eating healthy, shopping, collecting things, or exercising are not immune. They may look healthy, but can go from beneficial to OCD in the blink of en eye.
The key is recognizing the equilibrium shift; that point when your friend decides to hop off the seesaw and sends you crashing down on your butt…..or in this chick’s case– face.
As of late, I’ve really taken time to reflect on my passions and hobbies. I want to rediscover Alexandra.
In the process of this, I’ve become aware of some of my “seemingly healthy, but not-so-healthy” addictions.
- Striving for perfection (with grades/classwork, jobs, weightlifting, saving money)
- Working out
- Having a plan for each day (what I do at “x–o’clock”, where I run errands etc)
- Eating healthy 24/7
To the innocent passerby, these seem like healthy qualities to have, right? People want to eat healthy, do their best in school, and have a gameplan for a successful day, agreed?
But there’s more that lurks beneath each addiction. Sneaky little buggers.
I’ve taken them to such extremes that they’ve transformed into a big ol’ creepy monster living under my bed that goes by the name of stress. He stirs up worry, fret, and fear when I can’t get “my fix.”
Who would want to live that way?! (although you gotta admit that purple monster is kinda cute haha)
So basically, in addition to following my new lifting plan, I’ve decided to take these seemingly healthy addictions and return them to a genuinely healthy status.
Accepting the problems. Taking baby steps. Leaning on God.
Time. Patience. Prayer. Support.
I want to reach my healthiest potential and I realize that comes along with stretching boundaries that enstill fear within my current state of mind. But if it means restoring my mind to a state free of stress/stinkin thinkin? Then BRING IT ON, challenges– I’m ready to take you down.
One good thing has come from pin-pointing my “not-so-healthy” health addictions– I’ve discovered new addictions; new GOOD addictions that benefit my life.
#1 Ezekiel sandwiches with pb, apple butter, and whole eggs. Especially cold.
#2 Photography. Especially sunsets at the dock.
#3 Guy Harvey Shirts. Especially when they’re 1/2 off and feature your favorite sea life.
#4 Painting. Especially when you find canvases in your apartment dumpster.
This is how I found them…any suggestions on what I should paint?? I’m thinking something ocean-y!
Hopefully my “not so healthy” addictions can join this new group. Striving to be my best, studying, schedules, and eating healthy are all great addictions to have…just not when they exist at one far end of a spectrum.
Life’s all about finding a healthy balance, and I think it’s time I restored equilibrium on my teeter-totter
What are some of your healthy addictions? Any “not-so-healthy” seemingly healthy addictions?
And randomly: Favorite sea creature? (mine are sharks and swordfish hehee)